Managers in Horticulture

(NOC 0822)

in All Management

Managers in horticulture plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff that grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. They develop work schedules; maintain quality control and production records; maintain financial records; and hire and supervise staff.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 2775 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Horticulture most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 34% of Managers in Horticulture who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $19,305. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$13,990

Median

$39,666

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$15.77

Minimum

$34.97

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Managers in horticulture plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff that grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. They develop work schedules; maintain quality control and production records; maintain financial records; and hire and supervise staff.

Job duties

Managers in horticulture perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct and control the operations of nurseries and greenhouses.
  • Establish the environmental conditions required to grow trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and design planting and care schedules accordingly.
  • Determine type and quantity of stock to grow.
  • Supervise staff in planting, transplanting, feeding and spraying stock.
  • Identify and control insect, disease and weed problems.
  • Develop marketing plans.
  • Provide information to customers on gardening and on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and lawns.
  • Order materials such as fertilizer, garden and lawn care equipment, and other nursery and greenhouse related accessories.
  • Hire and manage staff, oversee training and set work schedules.
  • Maintain records on stock, finances and personnel.

Sample job titles

  • Christmas tree farm operator
  • flower grower
  • greenhouse operator
  • horticultural contractor
  • horticultural greenhouse operator
  • hothouse flower grower
  • hydroponic greenhouse operator
  • nursery operator

Skills

For these jobs, you should enjoy working outdoors. Supervisory and communication skills are essential. You must be willing to try new processes and methods. The ability to adapt to constantly changing technologies is important for more efficient production. You must also be observant, innovative, and resourceful.

Job requirements

  • Completion of a college program in horticulture is usually required.

Other considerations

Experience as a nursery or greenhouse supervisor is required.

By the numbers

Quick look

155

employed in 2016

74.3%

employed full-time

71.0%

self employed

34.1%
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65.9%
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61.5

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

93.3%

employed full-time

18.6%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

39.0%

Southern

29.3%

Northern

17.1%

Annapolis Valley

9.8%

Halifax

7.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

84.4%

Agriculture

9.4%

Other Industries

6.3%

Other Services

What is the age of Employment?

46.2%

65+

23.1%

45-54

15.4%

55-64

Compared to: All Management

31.8%

45-54

23.8%

35-44

22.6%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

6.2%

65+

Top levels of education

28.6%

High school

$17,541 median annual income
17.1%

College certificate or diploma

$12,076 median annual income
17.1%

Trades certificate

$11,493 median annual income
11.4%

Bachelor's degree

$12,891 median annual income
11.4%

Less than high school

$10,759 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.7%

Bachelor's degree

$66,107 median annual income
23.5%

High school

$37,496 median annual income
20.6%

College certificate or diploma

$45,432 median annual income
9.2%

Master's degree

$81,234 median annual income
7.0%

Trades certificate

$41,701 median annual income

Education & training

Applied horticulture/horticulture operations - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general production and processing of domesticated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, groundcovers, and related plant materials; the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services; and the basic scientific principles needed to understand plants and their management and care.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Plant nursery operations and management

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to operate and manage outdoor plant farms, tree and shrub nurseries, and related facilities that develop domesticated plant products for propagation, harvesting, and transplantation. These programs include courses in applicable principles of plant science; farm and business management; nursery operations; equipment operation and maintenance; safety procedures; and personnel supervision.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
PO Box 2223
Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
Tel: (902) 424-4560
Fax: (902) 424-4671
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 

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Job postings

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